Link: The Earth Awaits
If you could live anywhere, where would it be? Oh wait… most of us can live just about anywhere.
Sure, you might not be able to pack up and leave tomorrow (or maybe you could), but with enough resourcefulness, with the right passport it’s not that hard to leave your home country and establish a new life elsewhere. Many readers have done it.
A new free site called The Earth Awaits offers to help you kick the planning into another gear. You tell it which factors are important to you, and it gives you customized recommendations. You can select preferences such as:
- Monthly budget
- Primary language
- Crime rate
- Broadband access (my #1 factor!)
… and several others.
If you don’t like your results, you can adjust some factors and try again. This is a useful feature, because for me when I selected a few factors, Oklahoma City and Shreveport, Louisiana came up at the top of my recommendations. No disrespect to citizens of either city, but I’m almost certain those places aren’t paradise for me.
Similarly, when I removed North America from the options, it gave me a list of dreary-sounding cities in the U.K., including a couple that I’ve never heard of. I like the U.K. but I don’t want to be isolated. Then I removed that option and it gave me Canberra, Australia. I love Australia… but most locals would be the first to tell you that Canberra is the Shreveport of Australia.
In other words, you’re going to want to play around with the tool to get results that accurately reflect all of your preferences. Still, it’s a fun resource that can certainly help with daydreaming, and maybe even with real planning if you’re a bit further along.